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Vietnam jails 2 ex-police generals for role in gambling ring

/ 05:55 PM November 30, 2018

Former police generals Nguyen Thanh Hoa (center front row) and Phan Van Vinh (right second row) are escorted by police to a courtroom of People’s Court in northern province of Phu Tho, Vietnam on Nov. 30, 2018. AP

HANOI, Vietnam  — A court in northern Vietnam has jailed two former police generals for protecting a multimillion-dollar online gambling ring as the Communist government steps up its crackdown on graft.

Former national police chief Phan Van Vinh and former head of hi-tech crimes police department Nguyen Thanh Hoa were sentenced to nine and 10 years respectively after being convicted of abuse of power at the end of the three-week trial by the People’s Court in Phu Tho province.

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Two gambling ring leaders were sentenced to 10 and five years for organizing gambling and money laundering.
They were among 92 defendants involved in the case in which some $425 million was gambled online. /ee

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